7 Automakers To Cooperate for High-Powered Charging Network

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Seven automakers operating in North America are collaborating to build a 30,000-unit high-powered charging network across the region. The automakers are the BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group, and Stellantis NV. The network will consist of both Combined Charging System (CCS) and North American Charging Standard (NACS) connectors. The first stations will open in the summer of 2024 for some of the best electric vehicles now available.

The joint venture will include development of the network with generational investments from each participant at the federal and state level to leverage public and private funds to accelerate installations. The venture aims to be the leading network of reliable, high-powered charging options in North America.

Stations will begin opening next summer in the United States and soon roll out in Canada as well. Each site will include multiple high-powered DC chargers aimed at aiding long-distance driving for customers. The intent is to power each station with renewable energy.

Each station will include amenities such as covered parking (whenever possible), access to restrooms, food service as well as retail operations nearby. A few will include additional amenities to “deliver a premier experienced designed to showcase the future of charging.” No further information on what those added amenities might be was given.

Initial plans are for metropolitan areas and major highways to be the first locations. Aimed primarily at connecting corridors for vacation routes and travel. In-vehicle and phone-based app experiences will allow for reservations and other accommodations in route travel and navigation. As well as payment and energy management. Plug & Charge technology will also be implemented to speed the plug-in and charging process.